Erin Williams

Erin Williams – Editor

Copy editor of health and fitness books, with experience handling exercise plans, recipes, and memoirs.


I'm a copy editor and proofreader with book publishing and newspaper experience. In addition to copyediting and editing, I've done project management for books, keeping all the little parts moving for deadlines near and far. I've also been a layout designer, so I've got an eye for spacing and design issues. I can help you with all the little things that make the difference between so-so and great.

I'm also a mom of two, a runner of short but growing distances, and a coffee lover. I attempt to garden, cook, and bake. I'm lucky that I've had a career where I can read about all the above and keep learning!
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits Education & Reference Health & Wellbeing Sports & Outdoors
English (US)
  • B.S. in journalism, news-editorial, from the University of Illinois, Urbana—Champaign

Work experience


Oct, 2015 — Present

Copyediting services for publications from books to websites, with AP or Chicago style followed, depending on your needs. No-ego editing. I take seriously the idea of being the first real reader of your work, and I ask the questions that need to be asked for the clear expression of your ideas.

Rodale Books

Oct, 2009 — Oct, 2014 (about 5 years)

Guided a dozen trade titles each year from manuscript to release date including branded books, ebooks,
and DVDs for Men’s Health, Women’s Health, Runner’s World, and Bicycling magazines.
• SCHEDULE MANAGEMENT: Rigorous, clear communication and proactive problem-solving brought consistent on-time success despite extremely tight schedules and many moving pieces for bestselling Eat This, Not That! book series as well as other rush products.
• TEAM BUILDER: Hired and managed freelance copy editors and fact checkers. Worked with designers and editors to troubleshoot manuscript issues, route materials for review, and keep projects on schedule.
• CONTENT MANAGEMENT: Styled electronic manuscripts and tracked files through editing process.
• COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING: Combined edits from multiple parties and checked revised proofs; signed off on printer proofs of interiors, covers, and jackets; and copyedited materials for marketing and advertising of assigned products. Handled cold reads for many projects. Markup done in both hard-copy and electronic forms. Reviewed ebooks for in-house developers; made edits directly in electronic files.

The Patriot Ledger

Oct, 2007 — May, 2009 (over 1 year)

Planned, assigned, and edited content of weekly sections covering home, family, religion, travel, health, and food. Edited columns by Wayne Westcott on fitness, Susan Martinez Standring on spirituality, and Julie Fay on family (all local columnists who were syndicated through Gatehouse Media). Also handled several special sections each year.

The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, Massachusetts), The Enterprise (Brockton, Massachusetts), Daily Southtown (Tinley Park, Illinois)

Nov, 2001 — Oct, 2007 (almost 6 years)

Daily and hourly deadlines helped develop time management and organization skills. Designed and copyedited local, wire, business, and features pages, filling in as front-page designer as needed. Wrote headlines and subheads to fit designer's specifications.


Todd Durkin is the most sought-after personal trainer in sports, and if you don't know his name, you've definitely seen his work. He is a trainer on NBC’s new show Strong, and he has helped world-class athletes reach the top of their game, including quarterbac... read more
Yes, It's Hot in Here explores the entertaining history of the mascot from its jester roots in Renaissance society to the slapstick pantomime of the Clown Prince of Baseball, Max Patkin, all the way up to the mascots of the slam-dunk, rock-and-roll, Jumbotron ... read more
The implausible truth: Over one billion people in the world are hungry and over one billion are overweight. Far from complete opposites, hunger and obesity are in fact different manifestations of the same problem: It's increasingly difficult to find and eat nu... read more
Americans spend more than $500 billion a year eating out, and behind each burger, turkey sandwich, and ice cream sundae is a simple decision that could help you control your weight--and your life. The problem is, restaurant chains and food producers aren't int... read more
With an angry food industry hot on their heels and a ravenous fan base clamoring for more, Zinczenkoand Goulding once again redefine the American food landscape.Featuring up-to-the-minute information on the ever-changing array of supermarket and restaurantoffe... read more
Even amongst the most elite performers, certain athletes stand out as a cut above the rest, able to outperform in clutch, game-deciding moments. These athletes prove that raw athletic ability doesn't necessarily translate to a superior on-field experience—it's... read more
Take your road cycling skills to the next level with the latest techniques, equipment, and skills. This completely revised edition of the popular handbook for everyday road cyclists is a comprehensive guide to road cycling skills and safety from the most trust... read more
An inspiring memoir about one man's journey to overcome addiction, anxiety, and depression through meditation, yoga, and juicingQuentin Vennie shouldn’t be alive—he has walked a path that many don’t live long enough to write about. Growing up in Baltimore, he ... read more
What Doesn't Kill Us, a New York Times bestseller, traces our evolutionary journey back to a time when survival depended on how well we adapted to the environment around us. Our ancestors crossed deserts, mountains, and oceans without even a whisper of what an... read more
Achieve a personal best at any distanceAre you looking for better race times, whether you run 5Ks or marathons? Searching for that ultimate, exhilarating moment when you're running faster than ever before? Or do you just want to have more fun when you run?You ... read more

Erin has 4 reviews





German P.

German P.

Jul, 2022

Erin was wonderful. Real time responses and professional level copy editing with enough comments and suggestions to meet my needs.
Erin W.
I appreciate your comments, German. Thank you!
Adam S.

Adam S.

Apr, 2021

Erin is an absolute pleasure to work with- I highly recommend Erin's work! I know that I will look to work with Erin in the future, for any relevant future projects!
Erin W.
Thanks, Adam! I appreciate your feedback and look forward to being able to help you in the future. I’m here if you have any questions!
LaTanya R.

LaTanya R.

Jun, 2020

Erin was very professional throughout the project. Her updates and attention to detail was greatly appreciated. I would definitely recommend her.
Erin W.
Thank you, LaTanya! I’m so excited that you’re about to become a first-time author. Best of luck!
Stephen S.

Stephen S.

Jan, 2020

Erin is a true professional and I enjoyed working with her for my copy editing needs. I would highly recommend her to any author. Steve
Erin W.
Thank you so much, Steve! I had a great time working with you. Best of luck with the book and the businesses. Erin

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